In Canada, you need a license to operate a motorized boat for recreational purposes, even when the motor is not in use (e.g. while sailing). Although people of any age are allowed to obtain their boating license, the Canadian government has imposed certain restrictions on those under 16 years of age regarding the power and type of vessel they can operate. The following restrictions apply in Ontario and the rest of the provinces and territories in Canada, with the exception of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
The following restrictions apply to boaters under 16 years of age:
People who are 16 or older have no power restrictions.
In addition to following the age restrictions listed above, boating in full compliance with Canadian law requires a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. To obtain the card, boaters must register for a Transport Canada-approved safety course and pass a boating exam online or in person.
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